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Raw Food Recipe: OMG Pecan Bars

I love creating raw food recipes. Most of my inspiration comes from my own cravings and recipes that I used to make. When my girls were little, I snagged a recipe for turtle bars from a great restaurant in Santa Fe. It quickly became one of our favorites. Later, a recipe from The Barefoot Contessa for pecan bars became an obsession. But with 2 lbs of butter, tons of sugar and cream, it is completely off of my list. That doesn’t mean I don’t think about it once in a while. Like last night as I was falling asleep. And this morning, when I woke up.



Using elements from both recipes (pecan bars and a ganache) this recipe came together beautifully. A tasty crust made from cashews and almonds (that resembles more of a short bread crust than a raw food recipe crust), filling from raw honey and coconut butter and a layer of pecans and ganache. All I could say when I tasted them was…Oh my gosh. What is really amazing about these bars is that no one would ever guess that they are raw. Made from healthy ingredients and no dehydrator required, these simple bars will impress everyone you make them for! And they are gluten free to boot! Note: these are very sweet. A little bit goes a long way.

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  1. Wanda wrote on February 10, 2011

    Thank you for this recipe. This is my absolute favorite raw dessert recipe. It is the only recipe that my husband will ask me to make. (he does like other recipes, but never requests them) I always make a double batch, cut it into cubes, and store it in the freezer so we can bring out a few pieces at a time. It is so good and rich, that we don’t need a lot to be satisfied, and so much better for us than traditional sweets. When I took them to work, one co-worker said “Oh my God, these are so good!” I just laughed because that is what you named them.

  2. ben wrote on January 3, 2011

    I made these for thr week. The ganache didn’t quite set, so the bars are a bit messy to scoop our. But they are delicious, like all of Susan’s recipes.

  3. ben wrote on December 29, 2010

    A coffee grinder is my tool of choice to turn nuts into flour. I don’t have a Vitamix, and food processors cannot make the fine silky flour that would be needed. Blenders are useless for dry grinding. But a coffee grinder does the job perfectly.

  4. Stephanie wrote on December 7, 2010

    Dear Susan,
    I’m writing to thank you for sharing your treasure trove of creative recipes. I am very grateful to have access to your recipes, which you so generously share.

    Most raw food websites are inaccessible, recipes and secrets are guarded, except for a fee. I suppose people have a right to capitalize on their discoveries, but it has created an elitist raw food cult. I really appreciate your generosity.

    Your food is visually stunning, as are your photographs, and the combinations are interesting, imaginative and they work. I love the kind of recipes you create because they are contemporary, fresh, simple and quite beautiful.

    Thank you


    • Susan wrote on December 7, 2010

      Wow, Stephanie, thanks so much. As I write more cookbooks, I will always keep posting high quality recipes on the blog for everyone.

  5. Richard Schmitt wrote on October 29, 2010

    i just made these yesterday. i absolutely love them, but i cant get them to solidify into bars even when in the fridge. we ate out of the pan with spoons. that’s my only drawback. the taste is second-to-none!

  6. Magda wrote on September 7, 2010

    OMG, these are amazing! I made these yesterday, ate a few for dessert, dreamed about them all night and now am telling myself I am not allowed to have them for breakfast! I especially like the crust. I have to admit, I cut the filling down by half because I was afraid of all that sugar, but I think my fears weren’t warranted. These are delicious!!

  7. Jennifer wrote on September 7, 2010

    I made these this weekend to satisfy a chocolate and rich food craving, and my oh my, these do not disappoint! Divine! I love your site. The content, photos and aesthetics just speaks to me.

    • Susan wrote on September 7, 2010

      Thanks so much!

  8. Heather wrote on September 5, 2010

    OMG is right! These look fantastic.


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